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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I don't have one particular story, but every Christmas seems to have a story that's memorable.
    • Location
      Brampton Canada
    • Biography
      Married for 5 years to my beautiful wife. I have a beautiful 2 year old girl who loves lights.Christmas is my favourite time of year I look forward to it heavily starting September.
    • Interests
      Spending time with my family
    • Occupation
      I work for the city's transit system
    • About my display
      It's currently a work in progress. I just sold all my warm white led's I'll be getting multi colour LED's this year for my daughter. I felt she'd appreciate more colour this year.

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    1. I've got a grinch just like that as well, the extra arm puts a nice touch on it. I might think about adding that in if I get some extra time this year
    2. Hi Eric, all I use is a good outdoor paint. I also make sure I paint my edges. I live in Canada and my cutouts have been holding up just fine.
    3. I'm desperately looking for 5mm string of white strobes that will ship to Canada !
    4. This is amazing. I haven't watched it yet but I definitely will. There should be more how to videos like this. I might think about doing something like this too.
    5. Thanks so much it means a lot. This one took my wife and I about 30 man hours to paint. This was by far the most challenging one to date. There were a lot of coats needed and got especially tedious with the smaller details.
    6. I did this for a friend of mine.
    7. Ok awesome. Funny I'm also in the Brampton area. Yes Id be interested in meeting up in September I'll let Steve know. Thank you.
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